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Bethesda Softworks E3 2017 Recap: The Return of Paid Mods and Milking of Elder Scrolls

Bethesda Softworks is done with its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference for this year. The company chose to mold its two popular franchises into multiple announcements. Unfortunately, that does not mean a new Elder Scrolls installment.

Here is a complete recap of every single announcement that the company made during its show.

DOOM VFR and Fallout 4 VR
A virtual reality port for both critically acclaimed titles will release for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive later this year. The adaptation for Fallout 4 is scheduled to arrive this October, while the one for DOOM is yet to receive a release date.

The virtual reality take for both games was announced last year. According to the company, Fallout 4 VR in particular is “the most incredible thing you have ever seen”.

The Elder Scrolls Online
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game will receive two new downloadable content packs later this year.

The first is called “The Horns of the Reach” and the second, “Clockwork City.” Details regarding the upcoming content is slim for now but we can expect the developer to drop the details in the coming months.

Bethesda also shared that The Elder Scrolls Online has crossed ten million players.

Creation Club
It is a new digital marketplace that is scheduled to go live this summer for both Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is assumed that it may be expanded in the future to cover other games as well.

The Creation Club will feature a variety of mods developed by Bethesda and “outside developers.” This includes weapons, armors, abilities, missions, and any other work that affects gameplay to some degree.

Interested individuals must first purchase Credits through PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam. These can then be used in the marketplace to pay for modifications for the respective games.

At the same time, Bethesda notes that mods will “remain a free and open system where anyone can create and share what they’d like.” The option of the Creation Club is for those who are interested in earning from their original work.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends
The free-to-play card game will receive a new “Heroes of Skyrim” expansion pack on June 29. It will add over a hundred new cards based on the critically acclaimed open world role-playing game, introducing new mechanics like “Shouts” and several dragons.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is currently available on PC and tablets, but is now making its way to iPhone and Android phones as well. The move will accompany an update that will add new content like in-game tournaments and arena.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch
The upcoming port will allow players to dress the Dragonborn as Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Bethesda also announced that it will be including support for ammibo. As an example, Link can be used to drop treasure chests into the game that award the player with the Master Sword and a Hylian shield.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Switch will come with the Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn expansion packs. The game will be utilizing motion controls through the console’s Joy-Con controllers.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
A new standalone story pack will release on September 15 in both digital and physical formats. As indicated, players will not be required to own either of the two main installments.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider acts as a sequel to both Dishonored 2 and the expansion pack of the original game. Billie Lurk, a pirate and former assassin, uses her new cybernetic implants to rescue her master Daud from a mysterious ship. Together they go after the supernatural force of chaos known as the Outsider, which is also the source of powers used by both Daud and the two protagonists, Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin.

Quake Champions
The competitive first-person shooter will receive B.J. Blazkowicz, the lead hero of Wolfenstein, as a new playable character for the roster.

While the game is still in open beta on the PC, the developer has announced a major tournament for the coming months. Quake World Championship is scheduled to commence on August 26 at QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas. It will boast a prize pot of $1 million.

The Evil Within 2
A second installment to the original third-person psychological survival horror game will release on October 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Evil Within 2 will turn the spooky dial all the way to the maximum. Players can expect to wander through dark forests with living shadows, come across burning villages with the smell of death in the air, all kinds of grizzly scenes, and more.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
A second installment to the fast-paced first-person shooter series will release on October 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

It will see the return of B.J. Blazkowicz, who must work with the resistance to take the fight back to the Nazi armies overrunning a conquered America in 1961.